Art Eggleton has served the people of Canada and the city of Toronto in public office for over 40 years.
He was born, raised, and educated in Toronto where he worked as an accountant before being elected to City Council in 1969.
He served 22 years as a member of Toronto City Council and the Metropolitan Toronto Council, most of those years on the Executive Committees of both Councils. Between 1973 and 1980, he served as City Budget Chief, the member of Council responsible for financial matters. From 1980 to 1991, for 11 of those 22 years, he was Mayor of Toronto, the longest serving Mayor in the City’s history.
In addition, he served on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, the Board of the Canadian National Exhibition, and numerous committees and task forces dealing with community issues.
In recognition of his service to the City, Mr. Eggleton received Toronto's highest honour, the Civic Award of Merit, in 1992.
Art Eggleton served 11 years in the House of Commons as the member for York Centre in the city of Toronto. First elected in 1993, he was soon thereafter appointed to Cabinet where he served in the following positions:
President of the Treasury Board & Minister Responsible for Infrastructure (1993-1996);
Minister for International Trade (1996-1997);
Minister of National Defence (1997-2002);
Vice-Chairman of Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy (1997-2002);
On March 24, 2005, Art Eggleton was appointed to the Senate of Canada. He currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and is a member of the Standing Committee on Transport and Communication and Human Rights.
In December 2009, the Social Affairs Committee completed a study on poverty, housing and homelessness in Canadian cities entitled, In From the Margins: A Call to Action Poverty, Housing and Homelessness.
In 2012, he was appointed as Vice-President of Liberal International (LI), an organization of liberal and progressive democratic political parties.
Also n 2012, he co-founded and is co-Chair of the All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus, a group consisting of Members of Parliament and Senators from all political parties. In the same year, he was appointed as Chair of the Board of Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF).